Rachel Lokai

Rachel Lokai

Thank-you very much for awarding me this scholarship!

Awards Received

2020 Undergraduate Award (Ohio)

Hometown:

Hometown:

Urbana, Ohio

School:

School:

Ohio State University

Major:

Major:

Agricultural Communications

Career Goals:

Career Goals:

My educational aspirations include acquiring a bachelor’s degree in Ag Communications that will allow me to pursue a career as agriculture communicator. Ag Careers. Com states that: “An agriculture communicator is responsible for the communication of agriculture-related information in the agriculture industry. Job responsibilities of an agriculture communicator include communicating ideals and standards of the agriculture industry to a variety of audiences, communicating new trends in the agriculture industry, and providing insight and recommendations on a variety of agricultural areas to stakeholders. Helpful job skills include great communication skills, attention to detail, active listening, good problem-solving skills, decision-making skills, and report writing ability. “ A career as an agriculture communicator seems like a logical choice for me, as I learned many of these skills growing up on a dairy farm. Taking care of young calves and milking requires immense attention to detail. Additionally, being a leader in 4-H and FFA taught me to be an active listener and improved my problem-solving skills. Showing dairy animals at the county, state and national levels taught me the value of hard work and dedication. Dairy Judging since I was 9, certainly improved my oral communication skills. Judging involves making decisions quickly, defending those decisions and then being able to stand in front of someone and convince them that the decisions I have made are correct. This will serve me well in college and my professional life. Pursuing a career in Ag Communications will provide me the opportunity to help improve the image of an agricultural company, so people can see the true benefits of agriculture. I will be able to dispel the negative myths about agriculture that are being delivered. Given that less than 2% of the population currently lives on a farm, most college students have not had grown up on a dairy farm or even been around animals. I have a unique perspective with first-hand knowledge of farming which would be a huge advantage for this career. Through our FFA chapter, I organized “Animal Day at the Elementary”. This event included several FFA members bringing in a variety of farm animals, so the children could pet the animals and learn about what products that animal provides. I have also assisted our local dairy promotions group with “Dairy Day at Wal-Mart”. This event includes bringing in young calves for everyone to pet and cows for people to milk by hand. It is rewarding to see the look on their faces when they get a squirt or 2 of milk. The future job market outlook for an agriculture communicator is strong and increasing. Therefore, I am committed to working hard in school and looking for opportunities that could help me make my goal of becoming an agriculture communicator a reality. I am confident that my background in agriculture, strong work ethic and passion for the future of agriculture will serve me well in this career by capitalizing on these strengths.